American Secularism

American Secularism
Author: Joseph O. Baker,Buster G. Smith
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-09-25
ISBN 10: 1479867411
ISBN 13: 9781479867417
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Secularism Book Review:

A rapidly growing number of Americans are embracing life outside the bounds of organized religion. Although America has long been viewed as a fervently religious Christian nation, survey data shows that more and more Americans are identifying as “not religious.” There are more non-religious Americans than ever before, yet social scientists have not adequately studied or typologized secularities, and the lived reality of secular individuals in America has not been astutely analyzed. American Secularism documents how changes to American society have fueled these shifts in the non-religious landscape and examines the diverse and dynamic world of secular Americans. This volume offers a theoretical framework for understanding secularisms. It explores secular Americans’ thought and practice to understand secularisms as worldviews in their own right, not just as negations of religion. Drawing on empirical data, the authors examine how people live secular lives and make meaning outside of organized religion. Joseph O. Baker and Buster G. Smith link secularities to broader issues of social power and organization, providing an empirical and cultural perspective on the secular landscape. In so doing, they demonstrate that shifts in American secularism are reflective of changes in the political meanings of “religion” in American culture. American Secularism addresses the contemporary lived reality of secular individuals, outlining forms of secular identity and showing their connection to patterns of family formation, sexuality, and politics, providing scholars of religion with a more comprehensive understanding of worldviews that do not include traditional religion. Data Analyses Appendix Instructor's Guide

American Secularism

American Secularism
Author: Joseph O. Baker,Buster G. Smith
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-09-25
ISBN 10: 147989687X
ISBN 13: 9781479896875
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Secularism Book Review:

Honorable Mention, American Sociological Association Section on Religion Distinguished Book Award A rapidly growing number of Americans are embracing life outside the bounds of organized religion. Although America has long been viewed as a fervently religious Christian nation, survey data shows that more and more Americans are identifying as “not religious.” There are more non-religious Americans than ever before, yet social scientists have not adequately studied or typologized secularities, and the lived reality of secular individuals in America has not been astutely analyzed. American Secularism documents how changes to American society have fueled these shifts in the non-religious landscape and examines the diverse and dynamic world of secular Americans. This volume offers a theoretical framework for understanding secularisms. It explores secular Americans’ thought and practice to understand secularisms as worldviews in their own right, not just as negations of religion. Drawing on empirical data, the authors examine how people live secular lives and make meaning outside of organized religion. Joseph O. Baker and Buster G. Smith link secularities to broader issues of social power and organization, providing an empirical and cultural perspective on the secular landscape. In so doing, they demonstrate that shifts in American secularism are reflective of changes in the political meanings of “religion” in American culture. American Secularism addresses the contemporary lived reality of secular individuals, outlining forms of secular identity and showing their connection to patterns of family formation, sexuality, and politics, providing scholars of religion with a more comprehensive understanding of worldviews that do not include traditional religion. Data Analyses Appendix

Freethinkers

Freethinkers
Author: Susan Jacoby
Publsiher: Metropolitan Books
Total Pages: 432
Release: 2005-01-07
ISBN 10: 9781429934756
ISBN 13: 1429934751
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Freethinkers Book Review:

An authoritative history of the vital role of secularist thinkers and activists in the United States, from a writer of "fierce intelligence and nimble, unfettered imagination" (The New York Times) At a time when the separation of church and state is under attack as never before, Freethinkers offers a powerful defense of the secularist heritage that gave Americans the first government in the world founded not on the authority of religion but on the bedrock of human reason. In impassioned, elegant prose, celebrated author Susan Jacoby paints a striking portrait of more than two hundred years of secularist activism, beginning with the fierce debate over the omission of God from the Constitution. Moving from nineteenth-century abolitionism and suffragism through the twentieth century's civil liberties, civil rights, and feminist movements, Freethinkers illuminates the neglected accomplishments of secularists who, allied with liberal and tolerant religious believers, have stood at the forefront of the battle for reforms opposed by reactionary forces in the past and today. Rich with such iconic figures as Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Clarence Darrow—as well as once-famous secularists such as Robert Green Ingersoll, "the Great Agnostic"—Freethinkers restores to history generations of dedicated humanists. It is they, Jacoby shows, who have led the struggle to uphold the combination of secular government and religious liberty that is the glory of the American system.

Secularism in Antebellum America

Secularism in Antebellum America
Author: John Lardas Modern
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2011-11-11
ISBN 10: 0226533255
ISBN 13: 9780226533254
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secularism in Antebellum America Book Review:

Ghosts. Railroads. Sing Sing. Sex machines. These are just a few of the phenomena that appear in John Lardas Modern’s pioneering account of religion and society in nineteenth-century America. This book uncovers surprising connections between secular ideology and the rise of technologies that opened up new ways of being religious. Exploring the eruptions of religion in New York’s penny presses, the budding fields of anthropology and phrenology, and Moby-Dick, Modern challenges the strict separation between the religious and the secular that remains integral to discussions about religion today. Modern frames his study around the dread, wonder, paranoia, and manic confidence of being haunted, arguing that experiences and explanations of enchantment fueled secularism’s emergence. The awareness of spectral energies coincided with attempts to tame the unruly fruits of secularism—in the cultivation of a spiritual self among Unitarians, for instance, or in John Murray Spear’s erotic longings for a perpetual motion machine. Combining rigorous theoretical inquiry with beguiling historical arcana, Modern unsettles long-held views of religion and the methods of narrating its past.

Race and Secularism in America

Race and Secularism in America
Author: Jonathon S. Kahn,Vincent W. Lloyd
Publsiher: Columbia University Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-03-01
ISBN 10: 0231541279
ISBN 13: 9780231541275
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Race and Secularism in America Book Review:

This anthology draws bold comparisons between secularist strategies to contain, privatize, and discipline religion and the treatment of racialized subjects by the American state. Specializing in history, literature, anthropology, theology, religious studies, and political theory, contributors expose secularism's prohibitive practices in all facets of American society and suggest opportunities for change.

American Secularism

American Secularism
Author: Joseph O. Baker,Buster G. Smith
Publsiher: NYU Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2015-09-25
ISBN 10: 1479873721
ISBN 13: 9781479873722
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

American Secularism Book Review:

A rapidly growing number of Americans are embracing life outside the bounds of organized religion. Although America has long been viewed as a fervently religious Christian nation, survey data shows that more and more Americans are identifying as “not religious.” There are more non-religious Americans than ever before, yet social scientists have not adequately studied or typologized secularities, and the lived reality of secular individuals in America has not been astutely analyzed. American Secularism documents how changes to American society have fueled these shifts in the non-religious landscape and examines the diverse and dynamic world of secular Americans. This volume offers a theoretical framework for understanding secularisms. It explores secular Americans’ thought and practice to understand secularisms as worldviews in their own right, not just as negations of religion. Drawing on empirical data, the authors examine how people live secular lives and make meaning outside of organized religion. Joseph O. Baker and Buster G. Smith link secularities to broader issues of social power and organization, providing an empirical and cultural perspective on the secular landscape. In so doing, they demonstrate that shifts in American secularism are reflective of changes in the political meanings of “religion” in American culture. American Secularism addresses the contemporary lived reality of secular individuals, outlining forms of secular identity and showing their connection to patterns of family formation, sexuality, and politics, providing scholars of religion with a more comprehensive understanding of worldviews that do not include traditional religion. Data Analyses Appendix Instructor's Guide

Church State and the Crisis in American Secularism

Church  State  and the Crisis in American Secularism
Author: Bruce Ledewitz
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 312
Release: 2011-06-01
ISBN 10: 0253001366
ISBN 13: 9780253001368
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Church State and the Crisis in American Secularism Book Review:

Since 1947, the Supreme Court has promised government neutrality toward religion, but in a nation whose motto is "In God We Trust" and which pledges allegiance to "One Nation under God," the public square is anything but neutral -- a paradox not lost on a rapidly secularizing America and a point of contention among those who identify all expressions of religion by government as threats to a free society. Yeshiva student turned secularist, Bruce Ledewitz seeks common ground for believers and nonbelievers regarding the law of church and state. He argues that allowing government to promote higher law values through the use of religious imagery would resolve the current impasse in the interpretation of the Establishment Clause. It would offer secularism an escape from its current tendency toward relativism in its dismissal of all that religion represents and encourage a deepening of the expression of meaning in the public square without compromising secular conceptions of government.

Nationhood and Improvised Belief in American Fiction

Nationhood and Improvised Belief in American Fiction
Author: Ann Genzale
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2020-12-15
ISBN 10: 179360553X
ISBN 13: 9781793605535
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Nationhood and Improvised Belief in American Fiction Book Review:

Nationhood and Improvised Belief in American Fiction highlights how religious beliefs intersect with questions of national belonging in the work of contemporary American novelists. Religious practices serve as a means of critiquing exclusionary constructions of national identity and provide models for alternate ways of belonging.

Make Yourselves Gods

Make Yourselves Gods
Author: Peter Coviello
Publsiher: University of Chicago Press
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019-11-13
ISBN 10: 022647447X
ISBN 13: 9780226474472
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Make Yourselves Gods Book Review:

From the perspective of Protestant America, nineteenth-century Mormons were the victims of a peculiar zealotry, a population deranged––socially, sexually, even racially––by the extravagances of belief they called “religion.” Make Yourselves Gods offers a counter-history of early Mormon theology and practice, tracking the Saints from their emergence as a dissident sect to their renunciation of polygamy at century’s end. Over these turbulent decades, Mormons would appear by turns as heretics, sex-radicals, refugees, anti-imperialists, colonizers, and, eventually, reluctant monogamists and enfranchised citizens. Reading Mormonism through a synthesis of religious history, political theology, native studies, and queer theory, Peter Coviello deftly crafts a new framework for imagining orthodoxy, citizenship, and the fate of the flesh in nineteenth-century America. What emerges is a story about the violence, wild beauty, and extravagant imaginative power of this era of Mormonism—an impassioned book with a keen interest in the racial history of sexuality and the unfinished business of American secularism.

Culture and Redemption

Culture and Redemption
Author: Tracy Fessenden
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 352
Release: 2011-06-27
ISBN 10: 9781400837304
ISBN 13: 1400837308
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Culture and Redemption Book Review:

Many Americans wish to believe that the United States, founded in religious tolerance, has gradually and naturally established a secular public sphere that is equally tolerant of all religions--or none. Culture and Redemption suggests otherwise. Tracy Fessenden contends that the uneven separation of church and state in America, far from safeguarding an arena for democratic flourishing, has functioned instead to promote particular forms of religious possibility while containing, suppressing, or excluding others. At a moment when questions about the appropriate role of religion in public life have become trenchant as never before, Culture and Redemption radically challenges conventional depictions--celebratory or damning--of America's "secular" public sphere. Examining American legal cases, children's books, sermons, and polemics together with popular and classic works of literature from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, Culture and Redemption shows how the vaunted secularization of American culture proceeds not as an inevitable by-product of modernity, but instead through concerted attempts to render dominant forms of Protestant identity continuous with democratic, civil identity. Fessenden shows this process to be thoroughly implicated, moreover, in practices of often-violent exclusion that go to the making of national culture: Indian removals, forced acculturations of religious and other minorities, internal and external colonizations, and exacting constructions of sex and gender. Her new readings of Emerson, Whitman, Melville, Stowe, Twain, Gilman, Fitzgerald, and others who address themselves to these dynamics in intricate and often unexpected ways advance a major reinterpretation of American writing.

The American Ecclesiastical Review

The American Ecclesiastical Review
Author: Herman Joseph Heuser
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1950
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015075063910
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The American Ecclesiastical Review Book Review:

Organized Secularism in the United States

Organized Secularism in the United States
Author: Ryan T. Cragun,Christel Manning,Lori L. Fazzino
Publsiher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2017-11-07
ISBN 10: 3110458659
ISBN 13: 9783110458657
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Organized Secularism in the United States Book Review:

There has been a dramatic increase in the percentage of the US population that is not religious. However, there is, to date, very little research on the social movement that is organizing to serve the needs of and advocate for the nonreligious in the US. This is a book about the rise and structure of organized secularism in the United States. By organized secularism we mean the efforts of nonreligious individuals to build institutions, networks, and ultimately a movement that serves their interests in a predominantly religious society. Researchers from various fields address questions such as: What secularist organizations exist? Who are the members of these organizations? What kinds of organizations do they create? What functions do these organizations provide for their members? How do the secularist organizations of today compare to those of the past? And what is their likely impact on the future of secularism? For anyone trying to understand the rise of the nonreligious in the US, this book will provide valuable insights into organized efforts to normalize their worldview and advocate for their equal treatment in society.

The Secular Revolution

The Secular Revolution
Author: Christian Smith
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 484
Release: 2003-06-04
ISBN 10: 0520235614
ISBN 13: 9780520235618
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Secular Revolution Book Review:

"Smith provides the reader with a powerful new framework for assessing the secularization of American public life, including a wealth of new insights and historical evidence on religion in American institutions. For those interested in religion's changing role in the public arena, this is essential reading, certain to have tremendous impact."—Roger Finke, Professor of Sociology and Religious Studies at Penn State and coauthor of Acts of Faith: Explaining the Human Side of Religion "Finally a much welcome sociological study of secularization that eschews assumptions of inevitability in favor of flesh-and-blood institutional histories, from the fields of education, journalism, and law to science, medicine, and even religion itself."—Ronald L. Numbers, Hilldale and William Coleman Professor of the History of Science and Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and author of The Creationists "Secularization has long been talked about as if it were the inevitable product of vast impersonal forces operating above our heads. In this fascinating collection, the authors descend from the stratosphere to investigate the power struggles that actually brought about secularization in education, law, and journalism. A wonderful, arresting book that gives secularization a human face."—Nicholas Wolterstorff, author of John Locke and the Ethics of Belief "This book is sure to evoke debate, agreement, contention, and future research by historians, sociologists, political scientists, and scholars of American religion."—Rhys H. Williams, editor, Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion

Secular Surge

Secular Surge
Author: David E. Campbell,Geoffrey C. Layman,John C. Green
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 268
Release: 2020-12-03
ISBN 10: 1108831133
ISBN 13: 9781108831130
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Secular Surge Book Review:

Many Americans are turning away from religion. Will a Secular Left rise to counter the Religious Right?

Free Thought Magazine

Free Thought Magazine
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1890
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UTEXAS:059171104867060
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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The Oxford Handbook of Secularism

The Oxford Handbook of Secularism
Author: Phil Zuckerman,John R. Shook
Publsiher: Oxford University Press
Total Pages: 760
Release: 2017-01-25
ISBN 10: 0199988455
ISBN 13: 9780199988457
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Oxford Handbook of Secularism Book Review:

As recent headlines reveal, conflicts and debates around the world more and more frequently involve secularism. National borders and traditional religions can no longer keep people in tidy boxes anymore as political struggles, doctrinal divergences, and demographic trends sweep across regionsand entire continents. Secularity is increasing in society, with a growing number of people in many regions having no religious affiliation or lacking interest in religion. Simultaneously, there is a resurgence of religious participation in the politics of many countries. How might these diversephenomena be interrelated, and better understood? The Oxford Handbook of Secularism offers a wide-ranging examination of secularism on a global scale, bringing together an international collection of views from prominent experts in a variety of fields. This volume reflects the impressive level of academic attention now given to secularism acrossthe humanities, social sciences, law and public policy, and international relations. Long-reigning theories about the pace of secularization, and ideal church-state relations, are here scrutinized by a new generation of scholars studying secularism with new questions, better data, and freshperspectives.This is the essential volume for comprehending the core issues and methodological approaches to the demographics and sociology of secularity; the history and variety of political secularisms; the comparison of constitutional secularisms across countries spanning from America to Asia; the keyproblems now convulsing church-state relations; the intersections of liberalism, multiculturalism, and religion; the latest psychological research into secular lives and lifestyles; and the naturalistic and humanistic worldviews available to nonreligious people. The Oxford Handbook of Secularismaddresses a wide breadth of interrelated issues and problems from multi-disciplinary stances, covering scholarly territory not addressed previously.

Living the Secular Life

Living the Secular Life
Author: Phil Zuckerman
Publsiher: Penguin Books
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2015-10-27
ISBN 10: 0143127934
ISBN 13: 9780143127932
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Living the Secular Life Book Review:

Over the last 25 years, 'no religion' has become the fastest-growing religion in the Western World. Revealing the inspiring beliefs that empower secular culture - alongside real stories of nonreligious men and women based on extensive in-depth interviews from across the U.S. - Living the Secular Life will be indispensable for millions of secular people. A manifesto for a booming social movement and a revelatory survey of an overlooked community, this book offers essential and long-awaited information for anyone building a life based on his or her own principles

The Open Court

The Open Court
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 329
Release: 1890
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UIUC:30112045865984
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Open Court Book Review:

The Church of Saint Thomas Paine

The Church of Saint Thomas Paine
Author: Leigh Eric Schmidt
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2021-10-05
ISBN 10: 9780691217253
ISBN 13: 0691217254
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Church of Saint Thomas Paine Book Review:

Religious America Secular Europe

Religious America  Secular Europe
Author: Peter L. Berger,Grace Davie,Effie Fokas
Publsiher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
Total Pages: 168
Release: 2008
ISBN 10: 9780754658337
ISBN 13: 0754658333
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious America Secular Europe Book Review:

Europe is a relatively secular part of the world in global terms. Why is this so? And why is the situation in Europe so different from that in the United States?The first chapter of this book - the theme - articulates this contrast. The remaining chapters - the variations - look in turn at the historical, philosophical, institutional and sociological dimensions of these differences. Key ideas are examined in detail, among them: constitutional issues; the Enlightenment; systems of law, education and welfare; questions of class, ethnicity, gender and generation. In each chapter both the similarities and differences between the European and the American cases are carefully scrutinized. The final chapter explores the ways in which these features translate into policy on both sides of the Atlantic. This book is highly topical and relates very directly to current misunderstandings between Europe and America.